Is it finally clobberin’ time? After a sneak peek teaser trailer, posters and a bunch of official stills from Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four reboot, we were still left without a solid reveal of Jamie Bell as Ben Grimm / The Thing. Well the wait is over, and it was well worth it.
Empire scored three new stills from the film, one of which shows off Bell’s CGI’d version of the rock covered Marvel icon which you can see is thankfully a huge improvement over the silly rubber suit Michael Chiklis wore in the two previous Fantastic Four big screen outings.
Now whether The Thing will have pants or not, that’s still up in the air.
Trank went for motion capture to achieve the Thing’s new look and found his perfect Ben Grimm in Bell. “Jamie in real life is a tough guy,” Trank told Empire. “He exudes this strength. Ben is Reed’s best friend in the archetypal, spiritual way, and you want that character to have that warmth and that strength.”
The two additional pictures show Reed Richards (Miles Teller) being examined by scientists, and our four future heroes as they embark into the other dimension that gives them their super powers.
FANTASTIC FOUR, a contemporary re-imagining of Marvel’s original and longest-running superhero team, centers on four young outsiders who teleport to an alternate and dangerous universe, which alters their physical form in shocking ways. Their lives irrevocably upended, the team must learn to harness their daunting new abilities and work together to save Earth from a former friend turned enemy.
Written and directed by Josh Trank, Fantastic Four hits theaters on August 7th and stars Miles Teller (Reed Richards), Kate Mara (Sue Storm), Michael B. Jordan (Johnny Storm), Jamie Bell (Ben Grimm) and Toby Kebbell (Doctor Doom).